Hello Kitty Run: Plush, Medal, Goodie Bag

Hello Kitty Run 2015 entitlements

In this picture above, you see all that was in one goodie bag for the Hello Kitty Run 2015 this year. It looks like there’s a lot of stuff, yes? Though I only had use for the kitty plush, tee, shoebag and maybe, the cookie (which tasted pretty odd, btw). I’ve just read (again) the blogpost I did regarding the 2014 Hello Kitty Run and it’s interesting how I had complaints about that Run but still thought I’d take part in the 2015 edition, and so I have. 😀 Check out my blogpost about the Hello Kitty Run 2015 and find out whether I enjoyed this year’s run more!

And here are the plushies. I suspect kitty fans sign up for the Run just to get items such as these. Because they cannot be bought in stores, you see. This is something that non-Kitty fans (generally, men) find hard to understand. And I’ll probably get a retort that it’s sold on Carousell – hard to argue that point, really.

2014 red kitty, 2015 pink kitty:

Hello Kitty Run plush

Both medals are stunning:

Hello Kitty Run Medals

Thanks to Pink Apple, I got a pair of complimentary tickets this year so that means I have an extra shoebag, plush, and medal (which obviously my BF won’t keep as treasure, like I do). If you’d like to place a bid for these items, feel free to email me and state how much you’re willing to pay for them. 🙂

Hello Kitty Run 2015

Hello Kitty Run 2015: Much Better This Time Round!

Hello Kitty Run 2015

Alright, last year’s inaugural Hello Kitty Run hit a snag with the sudden downpour, and an issue with medal collection. (I’ll blog about the medals and plushies in another post) This year’s was so much better in comparison. There was no rain (though we’d already received a poncho each in the racepack), and we each received a cute medal after the run/jog/walk. The Hello Kitty Run 2015 reportedly attracted some 11,000 ‘runners’. I wouldn’t know the exact figure, of course. But there were so many people, both male and female! I think the boyfriends and husbands who were forced invited to join their sweethearts for this event really deserve a pat on the back! 🙂

And there were a lot of gentlemen this year! I was rather surprised!

Last year’s run was at Harbourfront / Sentosa. And I didn’t exactly arrive earlier than the stipulated time so I was probably in the 2nd or 3rd wave of runners to be flagged off. This year, I resolved to head to the Hello Kitty Run real EARLY so I could get to the front, spot Kitty and Daniel, and also get to start (and end) the run ahead of the throng of people behind who were more content to walk / sit / snap selfies.

Alas! The Floating Platform had been transformed into a gigantic carnival. There were many games booths (play for FREE, and win candy), photo opportunities (see pictures below), merchandise booths, and even one which gave out free Pokka drinks (in small cups) and a dried cranberry snack packet.

Hello Kitty Run 2015

Hello Kitty Run 2015

I’ve omitted the pictures of the games booths because too many faces can be identified. But there were hoop-throwing booths, kitty tic-tac-toe, claw machines to ‘pick up’ candy, and all sorts of other carnival games. It was such fun! We won so much candy. BUT we ended up not making the 1st wave of runners AGAIN! 😦

The wait for the flagoff was pretty uncomfortable. We had to deal with the heat from the setting sun, the distance from the stage (which meant we did not see Kitty at all), and the emcee not being very helpful (he initiated a countdown for the light-up, but which everyone mistook for a countdown for the flagoff and people actually ran off and had to be told to come back).

Last year’s Kitty Run had many huge balloon sculptures for Kitty fans to get pictures at. They were sorely missed at this year’s edition.

I guess the organizers were banking on the scenic route to be sufficient. We ran past MBS Shoppes, the Fullerton Bay Hotel, the Helix Bridge, etc.

And if all else fails, just take a photo with MBS in the background. 😀

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A big thank you to Pink Apple for the pair of complimentary passes! 😀 I like this year’s tee as much as last year’s, the plushie is adorable, and the medal is so cute!

Watch out for my next blogpost about these runners’ entitlements, which people have already begun to sell on Carousell. 😛

Hello Kitty Run – The Best and Worst Run EVER!

Hello Kitty Run Singapore

[Picture Credit: CNA fb]

I took part in the 5km Hello Kitty Run on Saturday and can safely say it was the best and worst run I have ever taken part in. It was a Hello Kitty fan’s dream come true and a runner’s worst nightmare. Let’s start with the horrifying bits first:

1) 17,000 runners of all ages and varying levels of race experience

I was in the second ‘wave’ of runners and it was frustrating having to wait till 8.14am before I could finally move. Flag-off for the first wave was at 8am, then the emcee tried to “entertain” us while we waited and perspired.

I could not see what was happening on the stage – I could hear talk about cupcakes and Kitty and Daniel and whatnot, but it was such a pity. I did not see any of it!

And when we were FINALLY ready to go, some people with their selfie sticks and phones and cameras were just refusing to budge till they took their photos with an inflatable balloon kitty.

THEN, when I finally get my chance to escape from that sauna among a throng of people, there are kids and inexperienced runners getting into my way. Someone running in front of me would suddenly stop and turn around to look for a friend/family member/Kitty(?!) and I have to do my best not to run straight into him/her.

2) That ambulance

I have never been in a race whereby an ambulance suddenly comes from behind, with sirens blaring, and I have to give way to it. Utterly ridiculous. And those fans with their selfie sticks were definitely not going to give way till they had gotten their pictures.

It was definitely not a good time to have a heart attack or some life-threatening injury, because by the time the ambulance reaches the person, he/she would most likely be gone.

3) Hello Kitty balloons, sculptures, arches, distance markers, etc

Hello Kitty Run Singapore

People were just stopping for pictures at ALL of these “attractions”. I have NEVER seen anyone stop for a picture with a distance marker before, but it was commonplace at the Hello Kitty Run. There was definitely no way to clock a personal best timing for running, and I was doing more running sideways, by trying to dodge people who suddenly decide to turn around for a selfie.

4) Really icy cold water

I stopped at both water points. And was given really cold water. I pity the folks with sensitive teeth.

5) Inexperience in handing out medals

The organizers have absolutely no clue as to who has taken a medal and who hasn’t. I am not surprised at all that some runners had the chance to take more than their share of medals.

In other runs I’ve taken part in, someone would put a tick on our race bibs to signify that we have collected our medals. For the Kitty Run, you can take a medal, then go queue again for another. No way that could be stopped. 😉

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I managed to complete the run pretty fast, even overtaking some of the people in the first ‘wave’. I collected my medal without a hitch. There were kitty cookies and mineral water and a canned drink for each runner too.

When I emerged from the (portable) toilet, it started to drizzle, then it really poured. I decided to just run back to the bus bay where there were shuttle buses to take us back to Vivocity.

I got totally drenched and decided not to wait for the bus, and to take the tram back to Vivocity instead.

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What was amazing about the Hello Kitty Run:

1) The tee, the Hello Kitty plushie and the medal

It is definitely the prettiest, cutest and most treasured medal I have in my collection. I think the only thing the organizers got wrong was the naming of this event. It should have been called the “Hello Kitty Big Walk” or something like that.

It was definitely not a “Run”. It was a massive gathering of Hello Kitty fans in celebration of Kitty’s birthday with many photo opportunities along the route.

2) The amazing decorations!

Hello Kitty Run Singapore

I have never taken part in a more ‘kawaii’ run. There were kitty balloons, bubbles and even some (Japanese?) Kitty song being played. And there was supposed to be an awesome Beach Party, which I did not stay for because of the rain.

Hello Kitty Run Singapore

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And now, for the millionaire dollar question: Will I take part again if there is another Hello Kitty Run / Walk?

Sadly, yes. I’m a sucker for these things.

What would I do differently next time?

1) Get to the starting point as early as possible so I am ahead of the pack

2) Carry a bag to contain all the Kitty goodies at the end, and include a poncho in case there’s bad weather

Hello Kitty Run Singapore: Check Your Pre-Registration Status

Read my earlier post about the Hello Kitty Run – Singapore pricing, route and entitlements. I emailed the organizers to find out what happens after pre-registration. Their reply:

“If you signed up during the pre-registration period, an email with instructions for the official registration will be sent to you soon. Each participant will then be given a week to complete their registration. If registration is incomplete after a week from receiving the email, the slot will be automatically forfeited and given to the public for registration.

Further details of the race will be announced soon, so do keep a look out on our Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/hellokittyrunsg for more updates, thank you for understanding!”

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Remember to check your email, folks!

If you’d like to check the status of your pre-registration, head over here: https://www.digitalracesolutions.com.sg/cgi-bin/registration/hellokitty2014/closed.cgi